## Archive for the ‘Silly Maths Jokes’ Category

## Advanced Algee baa II

November 1, 2012## The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt: The Rules

August 15, 2012# The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

# THE RULES

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

# Teacher Notes

# Aim:

### To have fun with maths.

### To use lots of different skills

### eg. artistic, photographic, performance, comic involving maths

### To have something in the challenge for every member of the class not just maths whiz kids.

# Timing:

## Week 1

### Introduction: Form teams in class time. Give them the Scavenger Hunt Sheets so they can devise their team name and war cry/anthem.

### eg. QTπ, The Smart Asymptotes,The Quadratics,The Nerd Herd,Numerators, Number Nutters and The Vulgar FactionGive teams 1 week to gather or create scavenger items.

### You will find a complete PDF file of The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt @ the end of the following post, plus a PDF file answer guide.

## Week 2:

### Students are to bring items to class.

### All teams must perform their war cry/anthem. Other performance items should be presented.

# Score:

### Any calculations must be written down. All graphs should be hand drawn.

### Teams should then tally their own scores.

### Cross check with another team.

# Prize:

### The prize will be a dodgy trophy (see pic) that you buy at a Op shop/ secondhand shop.

### Rebrand it.

### Decorate with hideous ribbons.

### And make a fuss. This is Parody Power and everyone is in on the joke.

### The trophy should be awarded with great fanfare.

### Perhaps, you could include a fanfare like this.

Mrs Yurconic math blog

# Student Sheets

### The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt student sheets follow.

### Student Name:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grade:. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### Team Name:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Date Due:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### Team Members:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### Team War Cry / Anthem:

### . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

### Rules:

### * Team: 2 – 4 members

### * Aim: Teams score points for weird scavenger challenges.

### * Each team must create a fun maths-themed name and team war cry/song.

### * Scavenger Challenges: There are 4 Scavenger Challenge groups:

### 1. Maths Survivor

### 2. So You Think You can Add!

### 3. The Great Maths Race

### 4. The X Squared Factor.

### * Points earned from each group are in order: 1, 1**¼**, 2 **½** and 4**⅓.**

### * Teams must produce a minimum of 2 objects/creations from each group (Maximums shown below)

### * Teams can get as much help as they like from anyone

### crazy enough to help them.

### * The highest score wins the glorious

### Great Maths Scavenger Hunt Trophy as shown (above), but uglier.

## 3.The Great Maths Race

August 15, 2012# Challenge 3:

# The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

### Students must complete 2 challenges @ 2 **½** points each: Minimum of 2 challenges, Maximum of 4 challenges.

# ………………………………………………….

## 3.The Great Maths Race

### * Make a protractor Anemometer and calculate the current wind speed. Conversion Chart here.

### * Bring a sextant

### * The Brix number is used to measure sweetness. One degree Brix is 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution. What would the Brix number be for orange juice, Gatorade and coke? You will need to know the sugar content in gm for each drink ( Look here) and the volume of a coke can or bottle.

### * Make a poster using maths symbols going off at a tangent.

### * Your growth chart for 10-year period.

### * Width of the front of the school block in toilet paper sheets. You will find some handy measurements here.

### * Bake a π pie

### * Cook a Fibonacci cake

### * Bring in a mock up poster (in waste paper) of all paper sizes from A8 to A0.

### * How much do we spend per person each year on toilet paper? You will find information @ toilet paper fun facts. Yes! There is a Toilet Paper Fun Facts website. We use an average of 57 sheets each per year and, say, a toilet roll has 350 sheets. You will have to price the toilet rolls.

### * Prove 1 + 1 = 2 in the most complicated way you can.

### * Demonstrate Pythagoras Theorem using Saltine crackers.

### * Develop a maths clap chant. Team must teach clap chant to class.

### * Make potato stamps of the surds: √2, √3 and √5 and stamp an equation.

### * Use bubble gum to demonstrate the parabola to the class of y = x^{2}

### * Make an Origami Pentagon from a square

### * Make a (with clothes on) photo of yourself as Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

### * Make Pascal’s Triangle using jellybeans or rice grains

### * If your hair kept growing at the average rate of 0.04 cm per day, how long would it take to reach the same length/height as you? Show calculations.

### * Make a poster of Bernoulli’s Triangle 20 lines long.

### * The fastest remote controlled car on earth, so they say, is the Traxxas XO-1, which goes from 0-62mph ( 0 – 99 kph) in just 2.3 seconds and can hit 100mph (160 kph) in less than five seconds. How long would it take for the remote controlled car to travel to your nearest Macdonald’s and return with fries at 62 mph and 100mph? Print out a map.

### * Research the height and weight of 10 famous ballerinas and plot these statistics on a height Vs weight chart. Is there a mathematical pattern?

### * If a kangaroo can hop at 25 kph (15.5 mph), how long would it take to hop across the middle of Australia E to W?

## 4. The X Squared Factor

August 15, 2012# Challenge 4:

# The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

# ……………………………………………..

### Students must complete 2 challenges @ 4**⅓**points each. No additional challenges allowed.

# ……………………………………………..

## 4. The X Squared Factor

### * Make an origami soccer ball

### * Video of a pile of Lego sorting into a Venn Diag of shape, colour and bumps

### * Fill a matchbox full of rice. How many grains? How many grains of rice to fill an Olympic swimming pool?

### * Learn π to 20 places then annoy everyone. No. Just demonstrate this skill.

### * Devise a way to simply measure the volume of a set of keys. (Go Archimedes Go)

### * Toast the area of a piece of toast into the toast.

### * Draw a simple picture of mathematician on graph paper. Write the co-ordinates of major points [eg. (2,5), (5, 7) etc] in order so that someone else can redraw the picture without seeing it. Test it.

### * How many corn flakes are there in a 750gm box?

### * Trap yourself inside a Matrix. Full points for most creative effort.

### * Give a 3-minute humorous talk on why fractions are vulgar.

### * Devise a method to calculate the speed of ants around your house or the school. Now calculate the time it would take for an ant to finish the 100m Olympic sprint.

### * Demonstrate n! from n = 1 to n = 10 in Lego blocks

### * Bring in an Abacus and demonstrate how you multiply 96 x 72.

### * Find the minimum aeroplane seat width @ Seatguru for British Air, Qantas and American airlines. Now calculate how many seats these airlines could fit across your couch @ home.

### *Rewrite the 12 Days of Christmas Carol with maths terms. Sing in woollie hat and scarf to class.

### * Sing the 7 times table to the class Opera Style.

### * There are 1,070 dimples on a golf ball. The diameter of a golf ball is 4.3 cm. How many dimples per square cm? The diameter of a tennis ball is 6.9 cm, how many dimples would fit on a tennis ball?

### * How many slices of bread to cover your country? How many loaves? You will find size and links here. A pre-sliced loaf of supermarket bread is approx 10 cm by 11 cm.

### * A large tube of toothpaste is 4.2 oz or 119 gm. What length of toothpaste squeezed in a straight line could you squeeze out of that tube?

### * How much air is in an Aero? This can be calculated. By weight and by volume.

### * How many 100s & 1000s or sprinkles or jimmies are there on average on top of a cup cake? Make an equation (That’s algebra, folks) using symbols made of sprinkles on cupcakes. Bring to class. They will be eaten.

### * Rewrite Some of *My Favourite Things* from the sound of music using only maths terms. You can make clothes out of curtains or use old clothes and felt markers and whatever grabs your imagination to make a maths tie/skirt/shirt/hat to sing the song to the class.

### * What is the probability that a peanut butter sandwich will land peanut butter if you get a fright and throw it in the air? Show trial numbers.

### * How many channels can you surf in a 20 second period? If you had to get up off the couch, walk to the TV set, push a button and return to the couch, how long would it take to surf that many channels? Yeah! Like in the olden days.

### * Make a complex tessellation using Cuisenaire rods or potato stamps you have carved. (Diagram below is not a tessellation but nice potato stamp art.)

### Here are the The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt PDF files: The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt

### Here are the answer guidelines: The Great Maths Scavenger Hunt Answers

## Standup Maths

May 4, 2012

…………………………………………………………………………………………….

### Mathspig toddled along to the Melbourne Comedy Festival to see Stand Up Mathematician, Matt Parker, and BBC wit, Timandra Harkness, in Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death.

## It was Ha! Ha! or, as we mathspigs say, (Ha)^{2} Hilarious.

### Almost Therapy.

### This is the break through geeks of the world have been waiting for. Not just jokes about mathematicians, but jokes involving MATHS!!!!!! Here is a MATHS OF DEATH statistic for the no. of Americans killed by cows each year. You might call this the Revenge of the Rump Steak.

**Matt Parker** is based in the maths department at Queen Mary, University of London and, as Matt says, he is now a fixture on the illustrious Mathematics speaking circuit. He writes maths columns for The Guardian, UK. More @ Stand-upMaths. Matt is from Perth, Australia.

### Timanadra Harkness spent 5 years in standup, co-wrote a film, No Future in Eternity, about a man going to Mars in his hall cupboard and appears on the BBC panel show, Mind Games. Otherwise she fills in time writing articles for Wired and The Daily Telegraph. More @ Timandraharkness

### Here is an absolutely true to form hilarious skit of Matt in action not so much doing maths as very much acting like a maths teacher when his iPhone is stolen.

……………………………………………………………………………………………………